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Date:Friday 23 October 1987
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208A Cargomaster
Operator:Federal Express
Registration: N828FE
MSN: 20800073
First flight: 1985
Total airframe hrs:1721
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Fairfield, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Oakland International Airport, CA (OAK/KOAK), United States of America
Destination airport:Reno/Tahoe International Airport, NV (RNO/KRNO), United States of America
While cruising in IMC the pilot encountered moderate to severe turbulence near an area where weather cells could have been observed on the aircraft's radar. The pilot reversed course, declared an emergency and lost control of the aircraft. The aircraft entered an uncontrolled descent, collided with terrain and was destroyed. It was reported that the newly hired pilot did not understand the Caravan's weather radar (nor was she required to by operator or FAA).

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Pilot's encounter with severe turbulence which precipitated a loss of aircraft control. "

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years
Accident number: LAX88FA020
Download report: Summary report
Language: English

Loss of control

» NTSB Id LAX88FA020


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Oakland International Airport, CA to Reno/Tahoe International Airport, NV as the crow flies is 289 km (180 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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